On the 22nd of April, hundreds of striking Federal contract workers marched on the US Capitol demanding $15 an hour. They were joined by a second group of activists protesting the TPP "fast track" bill that would allow any TPP deal a no-amendment, minimal debate up or down vote on a simple majority when most Senate business requires 60 votes.
The striking contract workers were part of a national "Fight for Fifteen" day of strikes and walkouts from fast food restaurants, government contractors and others paying unlivably low wages. Meanwhile, on the 22nd of April a TPP draft chapter was leaked containing text ("cooperation among regulators")that would subject new state and local laws to prior review by some kind of international trade body. This could have the effect of prohibiting things like increases in the minimum wage in the US or any other nation signing this ugly excuse for a treaty.